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March 19, 2018:
From Captain Morgan we got word this week that while wind and snow kicked off another week, by the time the weekend rolled around things somewhat settled down. Mid—shoreline lucked out with minimal impact and minor flooding compared to other locations. Even though the rivers were at high levels and fast flows, trout stocking got back on track for the fast-approaching opening day on Saturday, April 14. In spite of it all, the trout management areas saw good action with variable activity in the non-stocked waters. A few windows of opportunity opened up for the holdover stripers, but the wind and colder temps kept numbers of fishers working on their gear and checking out the show schedule. We also received some updates on regulations this week with fluke set at 4 fish and a minimum length of 19 inches, the season running from May 4 through September 30. Blackfish are set at 16-inch minimum with three seasons: April 1 - 30 (2-fish bag limit), July 1 - August 31 (2-fish bag limit), October 10 – November 28 (3-fish bag limit.) We're still waiting on black sea bass and will update once that is set The shop is now accepting registrations for the opening day Annual Codi & Bubba Memorial Trout Contest. Five bucks gets you in and kids under 12 fish free when accompanied by a registered adult.

Previous Reports

  • March 12, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan joked this week that, "The only lines that were stretched to the breaking point these past few days were the power lines! Storm Quinn, the second back-to-back nor'easter, saw to that. We'll need a few tides and some south westerlies to calm things down until the stripers start playing again. With another storm on the horizon, more time might be needed. Key tidal rivers, on the other hand, will continue to be more lucrative. Meanwhile, the trout catchrelease areas are slowly coming back from high levels and fast flows. Several Trout Management Lakes open through March 31st have received a stocking containing several braggers. Anglers have had variable results in the non-stocked lakes with perch, pickerel and bass. The CT Trout and Salmon Stamp we've been expecting is now available for purchase at the shop. Check out the 'new' items arriving in daily as well as bring in your gear for repairservice."

  • March 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan reports that prior to winter Storm Riley, both fresh and saltwater fishers took advantage of fishable waters in the area. Stocking of the catch and release areas (TMA's, WTMA's, etc.) got a workout while the Trout Management Lakes (TML's) got their March stocking. These waters are open through March 31st and had numbers of quality trout introduced. The daily limit in these TML's now is 1 trout at a minimum length of 16 inches. Expect to be able to purchase the 'new' $5 TroutSalmon Stamp in the very near future. Un-stocked lakesponds are open and had the normal seasonal catches of perch, bass, pickerel, crappie, etc. Meanwhile, the striped bass action continued prior to the storm, but it took a breather. Let's see what happens after Storm Quinn. The shop is open 7 days for fresh and saltwater bait and gear.

  • February 26, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said that fishing the suds is coming alive. Some of those 30- to 34-inch striped bass have made their way to the beaches. Swimmers and deceiver-type flies including Clousers have been taking fish during the flood tide. Water temps have been around 40ºF, but that should increase as days go by. Last day to fish stocked trout waters other than the management ones is February 28th, and of late, action has been fairly decent. It would pay to start checking out the lakes for pickerel, perch, crappie and some largemouths, as well as tidal rivers mid-way up for white perch. Keep in mind trout management lakes remain open through March 31st with a daily limit of one fish at 16 inches. Time to gear up and get those rodsreels serviced or repaired. The shop is open 7 days.

  • February 19, 2018 Open or Close

    Captain Morgan said most of the ice is gone, at least down in the southern part of the state and freshwater guys are getting out on warmer days looking for yellow perch, pickerel or anything else that will bite. A few guys have been trailering boats and heading up the rivers in search of stripers; reports have been mixed and leaning heavily to the slow side. March is typically a good month for pike fishing on the CT River, particularly if we have a good perch year. White perch are also a great draw in places like Hamburg Cove.

Captain Morgan's Bait & Tackle
21 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
phone: 203-245-8665

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